Get to Know These 5 Daring Historical Heroines
by Karen Green
Modern protagonists aren’t the only women with problems to solve and people to love. In these historical romances, the women break boundaries as well as hearts, striving for power and autonomy while enjoying the lush backdrops of the era.
These leading ladies are a blast from the past, refusing to allow convention and custom dictate their path in life—without sacrificing the dignity or love they deserve.
Get to know five of the fiercest, most charming historical heroines jumping off the page today.
Meet Amalia Truitt
From Dalliances and Devotion (The Truitts) by Felicia Grossman
Embark on a Victorian road trip with headstrong heroine Amalia Truitt as she attempts a return to Pennsylvania and the portion of the family fortune that is rightfully hers. It wasn’t common for women to ask for a divorce in the nineteenth century, but this feisty heroine has never let society dictate the course her life was going to take.
Meet Violet Hagen
From The Lady Traveler’s Guide to Happily Ever After (Lady Travelers Society) by Victoria Alexander
With this Regency-era romance achieving a nearly perfect Goodreads score, Violet Hagen is clearly delighting readers with her independent spirit, wit and charm. She may have been the only lady traveler when she began her society, but for a trailblazer like Violet, being first is just fine.
Meet Valinda Lacy
From Rebel by Beverly Jenkins
Valinda Lacy is working to help the community of newly emancipated slaves of New Orleans, a role that comes with enormous risk. When the school she sets up is destroyed, Valinda turns to Captain Drake LeVeq. With her efforts in helping the community and her ability to stand up for herself when her father demands she marry a man she doesn’t love, Valinda is definitely the definition of a strong romance heroine.
Meet Constance Wintour
From Reclaimed by Her Rebel Knight by Jenni Fletcher
A woman in the medieval period would not have had an easy life, especially if her husband had gone off to war and not returned. But for an exceptional woman like Constance Wintour, the hardship allowed her to grow to be a strong, smart and independent woman. These traits would prove particularly necessary after the return of a husband who was more like a stranger.
Meet Clara Sommersby
From Mrs. Sommersby’s Second Chance (The Sommersby Brides) by Laurie Benson
If you’re looking for a heroine who is more mature, resilient and perfectly in charge of her life, look no further than Mrs. Clara Sommersby. She’s a matchmaker, a widow and an independent businesswoman—no small feat in the Regency era. And in a thoroughly modern move, she also becomes heartily involved with a younger man, which may be shocking for the time, but very enjoyable for the reader.
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